A class action lawsuit against Sutter Health claims that hundreds of thousands of Californians are paying higher insurance premiums because Sutter uses its monopoly power to charge higher rates.
Sutter Health and Alameda Health System have teamed to install software at six Oakland, Calif., area hospitals to try to reroute patients who frequent their emergency departments to other appropriate care and services.
The CMS says it's well on its way to dragging hospital systems into the brave new world of risk-based contracting. The systems say, not really.
Hear from four leading health system CEOs on how they're accomplishing performance excellence.
More than a third of California's residents now have Medicaid, and as the state looks to expand its Medicaid program even further, the rising number of patients in the program is having a complicated effect on hospital finances.
Dr. Paul Tang, 62, is the new VP and chief health transformation officer at cognitive computing venture IBM Watson Health.
Sutter Health continued to see rapid growth in outpatient visits last year, while admissions remained flat. Those trends, along with rising expenses across the board, led to a pinched operating margin for the 25-hospital system.
A new analysis of hospital finances offers fresh fodder in the debate over the role that hospital consolidation and prices play in the growth of U.S. healthcare costs.
Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.
California patients who want to take advantage of the state's new aid-in-dying law are likely to face challenges in finding cooperative providers, at least initially. But two major systems say they'll support physicians who participate.
Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.
More than 220 employees at Kindred Hospital La Mirada in California voted to join the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU's growing membership is trying to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour and fully fund Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.